"PREFACE. The present work is the outcome of lectures on General Introduction, delivered during several years in St John's Boston Ecclesiastical Seminary, and is chiefly intended as a text-book for similar institutions. As such it deals with the questions which it behooves theological students most to be acquainted with before they enter on the scientific interpre- tation of the sacred text, and which fall under the three general heads of the Canon, Text and Versions, and Her- meneutics of the Holy Scriptures. In works of this kind it is customary to join to the study of these leading topics that of Biblical Inspiration, and in consequence, a concise treat- ment of the history, proofs, nature and extent of the inspi- ration of Holy Writ will be found in an appendix to the present volume. "
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